Whilst in education there is a lot to think about, having part-time work on your CV gives you an advantage with potential employers because it shows that you are multi-faceted and not just focused on academics. Managing your time can be difficult and the decision to add another component into the mix can be daunting. But, securing a part-time job alongside your studies can provide several benefits.
There are different types of part-time work you can do to help you gain work experience for your CV. Below are some examples:
An internship is usually a short-term contract that lasts either 3, 6 or 12 months. During your internship, you will be exposed to administrative and strategic tasks, all of which can be added to your CV. Some companies may even offer permanent employment at the end of your internship.
A learnership is a work-based learning programme that is directly linked to an occupation. The purpose of a learnership is to prepare you for the workforce. Being enrolled in a learnership will allow you to learn the theory about a certain profession, and thereafter practice what you’ve learned with the guidance of a mentor.
Job shadowing only allows you to observe a particular role, but you would be gaining insight into what the job entails and what the workplace culture is like. You would also be able to network and build a reputation with skilled professionals in a specific industry.
Giving back to the community by using your skills will positively impact on your CV. Volunteer work on your CV will create a good first impression and demonstrate strong values such as a positive attitude and being self-motivated.
Benefits of having a part-time job alongside your studies:
Stepping outside the world of education and venturing into the unfamiliar world of employment is likely to push you outside of your comfort zone.
Developing transferable skills
Transferable skills, sometimes known as soft skills, aren’t measurable and don’t relate to a specific profession. Instead they are skills which are relevant to most, if not all, jobs and are therefore highly desirable.
Meeting new people
When studying you might only meet people who are like you. Your cohort are likely to share very similar interests, as you’re all studying the same subject. However, through your part-time job you may encounter people from all walks of life. Working in a diverse team enables you to collaborate on new ideas, learn from your colleagues’ experiences and develop a better understanding of people from different backgrounds.
Improving your CV
Many employers don’t even ask for a specific degree. Even if you’re studying in an area with a very clear career path ahead of you, or you’re looking to enter an industry which suffers from a lack of qualified applicants, your grades alone may not be enough to appeal to an employer.
With so much to gain from working alongside your studies, it’s no wonder that more than three quarters of University students choose to do it. No matter what the job, make sure you cultivate a reputation for being reliable, punctual and helpful; this will result in the sort of employment reference that graduate recruiters love. If you aren’t already working alongside your course and your schedule allows it, start exploring what part-time jobs are out there and how they can help you to become more employable.
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